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Thursday, July 18, 2002

Coastal program issues grants
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska coastal communities and nonprofit organizations were awarded $3 million in grants through the federally funded and state-managed Coastal Impact Assistance Program.

Police follow leads in Fairbanks homicide
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police investigating a weekend homicide are looking for a man seen with dried blood on his clothing Monday morning.

Family plans brief ceremony for Coyner
JUNEAU (AP) -- The family of Wes Coyner, a former chief of staff under Gov. Bill Egan who died during a marathon event at the age of 74, plans to spread his ashes along his favorite hiking trail in Juneau.

Evergreen plans coal test wells near Delta
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Evergreen Resources Alaska Corp. has applied to the state Department of Natural Resources to drill two mineral core wells on shallow gas leases near Delta Junction.

Anadarko plans three wells on North Slope next winter
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anadarko Petroleum plans to drill three wells on the North Slope this winter -- two gas hydrate wells and one conventional oil or gas well.

Kivalina residents say mine pollutes water
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of Kivalina have filed notice that they plan to sue Teck Cominco for $88 million in damages stemming from alleged water-quality violations at the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska.

Biologist says fearless grizzly cubs may have to be killed
(Fairbanks-AP) -- State Fish and Game biologists say a pair of grizzly bear cubs may be killed if they don't move out of the Two Rivers area east of Fairbanks.

State warnings of toxins in some crab
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State officials are warning that the guts of crab taken in certain parts of the state could lead to deadly paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP.

Crews fight fire near Yentna
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State forestry crews were battling a blaze in the wilderness west of Willow that had spread to about 150 acres, officials said.

Six air forces gather for joint exercises
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air forces from six nations are in Alaska this week for joint exercises.

Interior lawmakers look for way to keep Steese open
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Interior lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said Monday the Steese Highway will stay open this winter. They're not sure how, but they said they'd find the money.

Father pleads guilty to assaulting infant
JUNEAU (AP) -- A father accused of destroying his infant son's breathing monitor pleaded guilty Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court to a felony assault charge.

UAA receives $110,000 from Commerce Department
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the University of Alaska Anchorage a $100,000 grant.

Ketchikan borough manager candidate withdraws
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The man hired to become the Ketchikan Gateway Borough manager changed his mind and declined the job Tuesday.

Murkowski, Ulmer ready to debate
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said Senate business will keep him in Washington, D.C., for most of the fall campaign for governor and he asked that his likely Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, help him make the most of his limited time in Alaska.

Juneau search dog featured on greeting card
JUNEAU (AP) -- As a puppy, Briz was rescued by construction workers from the woods near Angoon. As an adult, Briz is repaying the lifesaving favor by serving in search-and-rescue missions.

Police have no leads on swiped salmon
SITKA (AP) -- Police have no leads on the whereabouts of a giant king salmon stolen Tuesday from a freezer at a fish processing plant.

Family says body found is that of missing 13-year-old
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police said Wednesday that a girl's body found this week is 13-year-old Delaney Zutz, who vanished from her home last week.

Goodnews Bay girl drowns
GOODNEWS BAY (AP) -- A little girl in the Southwest Alaska village of Goodnews Bay drowned Wednesday night while swimming with friends at the mouth of the Goodnews River.

Jury sides with Exxon Mobil in spill compensation suit
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- An Anchorage jury on Wednesday rejected claims by six Alaska communities that Exxon Mobil Corp. owned them $12 million in costs associated with the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound.

NTSB: Pilot killed in crash on unapproved drug
JUNEAU (AP) -- The pilot of a sightseeing plane that crashed near Haines last year, killing all aboard, was taking an anti-anxiety drug that should have disqualified him from flying, a report by the National Transportation Safety Board said.

Body of Wainwright man recovered
BARROW (AP) -- A Wainwright man was found dead in a small lake southwest of the North Slope village Tuesday.

Phillips to seek permits for gas line if energy bill passes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The president of Phillips Alaska Inc. said the company is prepared to begin the permitting process for a North Slope natural gas line if an energy bill passes Congress with two critical components.

Two Rivers grizzlies show no fear of people, dogs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A sow grizzly bear and her two curious yearling cubs are still making the rounds in Two Rivers east of Fairbanks and a state wildlife biologist said the cubs will be killed if the three bears don't move on.

Russian airport poses threat to Fairbanks commercial flights
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Air France cargo executives were given the red carpet treatment June 22 by folks in Fairbanks celebrating the Paris-based airline's 10-year anniversary of operations in town.

Knowles says Steese Highway will stay open
CIRCLE (AP) -- The Steese Highway will remain open this winter after all.

Alaska priest correction
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- In a July 15 story about the removal of the Rev. Timothy Crowley from the ministry, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Archdiocese of Anchorage, erroneously reported the age of the boy abused by the priest in Michigan. The boy was 11, not 15, the diocese said.

Revenue officials predict dividend of about $1,550
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The 2002 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend will be about $1,550, but fund officials say the near $300 decline from checks last year cannot be blamed on the volatile performance of the current stock market.

New airport plan spares park
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The latest, scaled-down plans for a $2.2 billion expansion at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport feature a new north-south runway but no controversial incursion into Kincaid Park.

Southeast men cut crab pots lines from humpback
JUNEAU (AP) -- A caretaker at a Southeast lodge and another man helped free a humpback whale entangled in crab pot lines Saturday.

Family says body found is that of missing 13-year-old
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The family of 13-year-old Delaney Zutz said they believe a body found in the woods near their South Anchorage home is their daughter, but Anchorage police would not confirm the identification.

Borough swoops in and buys mill during auction
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials sealed a last-minute deal Tuesday to buy a defunct veneer mill.

Borough swoops in and buys mill during auction
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials sealed a last-minute deal to buy a defunct veneer mill bringing an abrupt end to an auction that was already underway.

Seafood processor workers injured in crash
JUNEAU (AP) -- Three seafood processing workers from Kake were airlifted to a Juneau hospital after a crash that injured five Tuesday, police said.

Thieves make off with rare, trophy-sized salmon
SITKA (AP) -- This time, the one that got away was every bit as big as they said it was.

Red Sox snap losing streak
DETROIT -- Manny Ramirez had a career-high five hits, including a go-ahead double in a five-run eighth capped by Trot Nixon's grand slam, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 Tuesday to stop a four-game losing streak.

Grace lifts Johnson, Diamondbacks
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Grace hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning Tuesday to lead Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks over the San Francisco Giants 5-3.

Kile autopsy confirms blocked coronary arteries
CHICAGO -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile died from a blockage of the arteries supplying the heart, and there was no evidence that drugs contributed to his death, Cook County's coroner said Tuesday.

Sheffield, Maddux lead Braves past Marlins
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux pitched seven shutout innings and Gary Sheffield had three hits, helping the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 10-0 Wednesday night.

Idaho squad defeats Twins
The American Legion Post 20 Twins baseball team dropped a 15-5 decision to the Rangers from Meridian, Idaho, Tuesday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Post 20 sweeps Dimond
The American Legion Post 20 Twins posted a pair of victories Wednesday, defeating the Dimond Lynx 16-13 and 7-2 in a doubleheader in Anchorage.

Giambi, Posada rally Yankees
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi and Jorge Posada singled in runs in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees rallied past the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Wednesday night.

Expos' former minority partners sue Selig, Loria
NEW YORK -- Baseball's contraction plan sparked another lawsuit Tuesday, with former minority partners of the Expos accusing commissioner Bud Selig with mail fraud and wire fraud.

Housing construction down 3.6 percent in June, economy follows
WASHINGTON -- Housing construction, which has helped fuel the sputtering economy, declined in June after a bounce the month before, signaling the sector may be losing steam.

Making Internet kid-safe
If your child is not "online" already, he or she may soon be joining the millions of children who are using the Internet. Whether using the Internet at home or school, the online world offers children experiences that can be educational and rewarding. But, when it comes to their personal information online, who is in charge?

Business Briefs
Soldotna Country Insurance agent namedMerger brings corrosion prevention to KenaiConsumers entitled to refundsFishing charter winner announced

Phillips to sell its ownership in Cook Inlet Pipeline Co.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Forest Oil Corp., Phillips Petroleum Co. and Union Oil Co. of California have notified the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that Phillips is selling its 20 percent stock ownership in the Cook Inlet Pipeline Co.

Photo feature: Eyes on the prize
Ninilchik commercial driftnet fisher John McCombs watches as a brailer bag holding about 430 pounds of salmon is hoisted from below deck of his boat, Katydid, last Thursday.

Foothill refuses AIDEA's offer
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- An auction to sell assets of a veneer plant was still on schedule Monday despite efforts by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority's to buy the business.

Weekly Seward derby winner on the Ball
Tom Ball of Albuquerque, N.M., won the weekly $500 prize in the Seward Jackpot Halibut Derby, catching a 91-pound fish to match the target weight exactly while fishing aboard the M/V Emerald Star.

Trophy Fishing
KOLOB RESERVOIR, Utah (AP) -- Kolob Reservoir is a trophy fishing spot and its Gary McKell's duty to make sure the anglers don't ruin it.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsFilmsDown the RoadAnchorage Events

K-19: The Widowmaker: Dark film offers tribute to unsung heroes
The Cold War submarine adventure ''K-19: The Widowmaker'' is a well-made movie that many people just won't like.

Chicago park has pictures of Earth
CHICAGO -- In keeping with Millennium Park's ambitious name, the first exhibition at the behind-schedule and over-budget downtown showpiece features nothing less than the whole round and beautiful Earth.

Bringing the world to the peninsula
Alaska may not be the hottest tour destination in the country for famous musical acts, but it does draw a fair number of talented, high-caliber performers from around the world.

Art Briefs
Summer interpretive program under wayAnchorage symphony to hold auditions

New book expounds beauty of bears
Contrary to one line of thought, beauty is more than skin deep. Especially when it comes to bears. And arguing against that is next to impossible after reading this account of Stephen Stringham's experience "bearenting" three orphan bears.

'Sex and the City' returns with a baby aboard
NEW YORK -- Oh, baby! The fabulous four of ''Sex and the City'' are back, but the click-click of their stiletto heels is being challenged by the pitter-patter of little feet.

'Mikey' Waltrip reaching NASCAR icon status
The biggest names in NASCAR -- Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte -- each drew a roar from the sellout crowd at Chicagoland Speedway, even if the ovations for Gordon and Stewart were mixed liberally with boos.

Challenger center expanding
Scientists may dispute the size of the universe, but there's no question of boundaries at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska -- it's growing.

Nikiski plan gathers interest
An Anchorage-based company hired by the Kenai Peninsula Borough is conducting a Web-based survey of borough residents as part of a feasibility study on a proposed industrial park on the Kenai Spur Highway near Nikiski.

Funds will aid peninsula programs
Twenty-two Alaska coastal communities and nonprofit organizations, including some on the Kenai Peninsula, are to receive $3 million in federal funds designed to protect salmon streams, fund educational programs and accomplish other environmental enhancements.

Tourism surviving setbacks
In spite of some negative indicators early in the season, tourism on the Kenai Peninsula has not suffered as badly from the Sept. 11 attacks or setbacks in the sportfishing industry as expected.

HEA contests Chugach price increase
Rate negotiations between Chugach Electric Association and Homer Electric Association stepped up Tuesday when HEA began procedures to formally oppose a Chugach price increase of retail and wholesale electricity rates.

Dividend amount pegged at $1,550
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The 2002 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend will be about $1,550, but fund officials say the near $300 decline from checks last year cannot be blamed on the volatile performance of the current stock market.

Voters' options limited by new law
Choices will be distinctly limited for voters going to the polls for the Aug. 27 primary election. Not because of any lack of candidates, but in the ways they'll be selected.

Fish and Game asks patience with net test
Fishing on the Kenai River is getting rather crowded this time of year, even for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. That's why the department is asking for help from sportfishing anglers to clear a bit of space out on the water this month.

Teens' work aims to stop wind erosion of sand dunes
Area teen-agers learned this week that even Mother Nature can use a helping hand or two once in a while.

Ronnie Wayne Boyd
Cooper Landing resident Ronnie Wayne Boyd died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 46.

Frances Flossie 'Honey' Lindley
Sterling resident Frances Flossie "Honey" Lindley died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of cancer. She was 50.

Jonathan David Shields
Former Soldotna resident Jonathan David Shields died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at his home in Anchorage. He was 42.

Vera Howarth
Soldotna resident Vera Howarth died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 93.

Frances Flossie 'Honey' Lindley
Sterling resident Frances Flossie "Honey" Lindley died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna of cancer. She was 50.

Oilers beaten by Pilots in 12 innings
The Peninsula Oilers were able to shut down the league-leading Anchorage Glacier Pilots through 11 innings Wednesday in Alaska Baseball League play at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Oilers can't get to Pilots
Not even a rare triple play could turn the luck of the Peninsula Oilers.

American Taliban's case raises questions
John Walker Lindh, son of affluence, advantage and privilege, will have 20 years to ponder just why he turned his back on the country that afforded him the best it had to offer. Lindh, dubbed the American Taliban, entered a surprise plea of guilty to charges of aiding the theocrats who once ruled Afghanistan....

Another athlete's legal woes tarnish hero image
What's the ticket-buying public supposed to think when yet another professional athlete and well-paid corporate spokesman is accused of acting like a lawless heel? And what kind of messages are our children getting when their sports idols repeatedly come across as overpaid, overpampered and overindulgent?

Alaskans' voices should be heard in discussion on pipeline lease renewal
That federal and state land managers proposed to give the trans-Alaska oil pipeline another 30-year lease on life on Friday (July 5) came as little surprise to most onlookers.

Mr. President, be assured there's crisis to confront on nation's economy A letter to the president: Part II
Dear President Bush, When I first wrote about my concern for your continued success in office -- even going so far as to suggest that you might want to shed the "Bush Blue" tie and the exquisitely tailored suits -- I had no idea how bad the rest of last week would turn out for you. (Editor's note: The first part of Towery's letter was printed in Tuesday's Peninsula Clarion.)

Is 'pit bull' right watchdog for SEC?
WASHINGTON -- The government's securities watchdog catches a high-flying company reporting losses as gains. Investors are devastated, but the CEO refuses to admit wrongdoing and hires the best securities lawyer in the business -- known to friends and rivals as a ''pit bull'' -- and gets off with a fine.

Applause
Community generosity contributes to success of reading programBake sale helps raise funds for abused, abandoned animals

Letters to the Editor
Qualifications, not ethnicity, should determine who gets jobLottery for Kenai River guide permits could solve problemAlaskan Independence Party candidates offer voters a choicePicture in Sunday's Clarion disrespectful, insensitiveAnother view: Sunday's photo provides valuable life lessonReporter's column offers thoughtful perspective on what patriotism is

Mother Nature may turn Anchorage's most popular wetlands into field covered with vegetation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- It make take decades, but one day Anchorage's favorite wetlands refuge -- 564-acre Potter Marsh -- could be a grassy field dotted with spruce or birch.

Damming the West
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- To some degree, those who are celebrating -- or mourning -- the 100th birthday of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation can thank -- or blame -- the Japanese.

Around the Peninsula
DEC warns of PSP danger in crabsSenior center garage sale begins todayChamber luncheon slated for todayVeterans meeting scheduled tonightEating disorder group to meet tonightCooper Landing to sponsor pancake feedBoot camps to be offeredGirls' basketball camp plannedNikiski community day celebration plannedClass reunion date setRadiothon scheduled for September

Around the Peninsula
Burning permit suspension liftedKenai chamber luncheon todayLearning center program continues todayVisitors center presenting photographerHabitat for Humanity to share experiencesTheater performance begins tonightBlood bank cancels driveCooper Landing to sponsor pancake feedBoot camps to be offeredGirls' basketball camp plannedDEC warns of PSP danger in crabs

Birch Ridge Report: Golfers succeed on grand stage
It seems there has been one tournament after another as of late -- Alaska State Amateur, Alaska Junior State Amateur, Peninsula Amateur and a myriad of others.

Sports Briefs
Former All-Star DiSarcina retires

The truth hurts
Nothing is wrong with admitting the obvious. Tiger Woods is tough to beat. Ernie Els is considered one of his top challengers, a big man with a graceful swing and two U.S. Open titles. He has beaten Woods three times and lost twice as often when both of them were in the hunt.

Mood somber as mountains draw near
PAU, France -- A child's death overshadowed Lance Armstrong's ride to the foot of the Pyrenees, where he is expected to make his first serious assault on this year's Tour de France.

Sports Briefs
Weekly Seward derby winner on the Ball

NBA's lowered salary cap will not affect teams much
Don't expect many changes to NBA payrolls despite a decrease in the salary cap for the upcoming season.

Gorge Games brings back best in extreme sports
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Hundreds of hardcore athletes from all over the country are back in Hood River for the sixth annual Gorge Games, which has returned strong after losing its title sponsor last year.

Kenai Golf Report: Grass on this side of fence keeps getting greener
From one week to the next, the greens are noticeably improving and putting so much better than the week before. The greens, with all the TLC they have gotten this year, are thriving.

Bomar cleans up at Birch Ridge
Billy Bomar played junior golf with James Contreras. Bomar also was on the same college golf team as Contreras. And now the two both teach golf at the Anchorage Golf Course.

Two Rivers grizzlies show no fear of people, dogs
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A sow grizzly bear and her two curious yearling cubs are still making the rounds in Two Rivers east of Fairbanks and a state wildlife biologist said the cubs will be killed if the three bears don't move on.

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